Accusations and counteraccusations trailed the purported murder of one Somtochukwu Enekebe Joseph at Mgbachu village Nkpor, Idemili North Local Government Area, Anambra State, as police intensify manhunt for suspects.
According to the owner of the house set ablaze, Hon. Innocent Ilechukwu, “some of the suspects that perpetrated the act are cultists and have been arrested by the Anti Cult Squad in the state while some are still at large.
He pointed accusing fingers at a former member of House of Representative, Hon Christian Okeke, his junior brother, Chibuzo Okeke and Ikenna Anikpe for allegedly being behind those that set the house ablaze.
He said that property worth N25 million was destroyed and that the suspected cultists warned earlier that they would raze the house and did as they promised.
But in a swift reaction, Hon. Okeke who is the elder brother to Chibuzo Okeke revealed that Ilechukwu burnt his house by himself and urged the police and the Anti-Cult Squad to investigate him and avoid arresting innocent people over the burnt house.
Hon Ilechukwu denied the allegation leveled against him by Hon Okeke, that he (Ilechukwu) set his house ablaze by himself pointing out that the trio were behind the arson and called for their immediate arrest and prosecution.
He added further that he is not facing charge against the murder of Somtochukwu Enekebe Joseph but rather it is the trio that are facing the murder charge stating that himself (Ilechukwu) and others were merely being accused by the suspected arsonists because they stand as principal witnesses against the three and that is why they set his house ablaze.
In a swift reaction when contacted, Hon Okeke reiterated that Ilechukwu personally burnt his house.
Also reacting, Ikenna Anikpe said, “Ilechukwu set his house ablaze by himself and accused us of perpetuating the act because he feels that we will implicate him in the court as principal witnesses to a case of murder he is facing currently.”
“They wanted to kill me but I have always escaped. They set ablaze two of my cars. I cannot set anybody’s house on fire and as the chairman of Mgbachu village I sympathise for the family of Ilechukwu that their son set his house ablaze.”
Meanwhile, the state police command through its Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Okechukwu Ali said Eight persons have been arrested in connection with the arson that occurred in the wee hours of January 1st this year as it continues the manhunt for suspected arsonists.